Paris in the Fall

IMGP1997.JPGA new rhythm begins in Paris with la rentree, when Parisians return from their vacances, and shops re-open all spruced up after a month off.  Yes, France remains a stalwart in the European economy despite the 25 or so days of vacation that Parisians take in a year, with a good chunk of it in August.  The rush of la rentree means waiting in long lines (but be wary of people who coyly cut in front), like a hurricane is about to hit the middle of France along the Seine. Read More »

Commemoration of Liberation of Paris

viewmultimediadocumentThis evening in front of Hotel de Ville, President Francois Hollande and other dignitaries, including surviving liberators, will commemorate the liberation of France from Vichy and the Nazis.  This is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of France.  This event is open to the public.  More information can be found here.

Rock En Seine: An Explosion of Music in Paris

rock en seine 2013Whether you live in Paris or you are simply visiting the city of love in August, don’t miss out on Rock En Seine – one of the most iconic music fests in the summer, set to rock the house for a three days of frenzy, from August 22 to 24 (Friday to Sunday).

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Paris Vacances

Conges AnnuelThis week is the height of the vacances season, meaning most people (except tourists) are out of Paris and hitting the beaches on vacation.  Restaurants, cafes, boulangeries, boucheries, and many other stores all take a vacation too.  They literally shut shop.  So if you are in Paris, you need to be aware that many places don’t reopen until the fourth week of August, starting probably no sooner than August 25.  What is more mysterious, is the famous notice posted on boulangerie shops, indicating the shop is closed, with approval from the prefecture de police, and identifying alternative locations where to buy bread. Read More »

Quartier d’Été–Paris Summer Celebrations

quartier d'ete 2014For four weeks during the summer (from July 14 through August 15), the streets of Paris, especially in the Latin Quarter, are transformed into huge, artistic performing areas. With most local Parisians away on vacation, visitors get to reap the benefits of these talented expressions ranging from jazz and classical concerts, operas, films, dance, theater, to various acrobatic and circus performances.  Read More »

Rock En Seine — Summer Rock Festival

rock en seine 2013The summer annual rock festival has once again provided great entertainment to wrap up a vibrant Parisian summer.  The weekend of August 22-24, come out to Parc de Saint Cloud to hear this summer’s hottest bands.   The crowds reach over 20,000 with many people camping out for all 3 days, with other activities available if you need a break from the concerts, including an area for kids.   And, of course, there is the famous festival camping.  Buy tickets now before they sell out.  Read More »